Sight and blindness play a major role in the play Oedipus The King. Oedipus believes that he knows what is best; while, in reality he is blind to the truth. Once Oedipus is no longer blind to the truth he realizes that attempts to change his fate are futile. The significance of being able to see both figuratively and literally is emphasized in the story of Oedipus. For example when Teiresias says, “ You have your eyes but see not where you are in sin” (I, 483), this quote expresses that they do not only mean physical blindness, but they refer to Oedipus’ ignorance as well.
Chillingworth married her selfishly and left her feeling lonely, while he worked in Amsterdam (Dibble 62.) Dimmesdale loves Hester but, his position of power and the thoughts of others are too important for him to confess it. In Rappaccini’s Daughter it is shown that he greatly loves Beatrice but, as Stallman acclaims he creates “Beatrice to be lovely but, poisonous”. Thus condemning her to forever loneliness and to be forsaken by love.
In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match. Besides the grandmother has already called Red Sammy a good man, and by now it is already apparent that its feigned.
There is a proverb that states, “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” This quote refers to metaphorical blindness, which is defined as when one is unable to comprehend the truth about situations and events. Rather than having the ability to perceive what is happening in reality, one is naïve and cannot see the veracity in events. One of the most well-known examples of metaphorical blindness is the protagonist Oedipus. Although he is exposed to signs of his predetermined fate, he chooses to not believe the prophecy in attempts to avoid the truth.
In the passage, the narrator’s sarcasm reveals Prince Humperdinck’s true weakness when it comes to his strength. Prince Humperdinck feels like he's better than anything or anyone else but can’t do anything without someone else's help, therefore displaying he is a coward man. The authors sarcastic point of view, diction, and imagery proves The Prince is a coward. The narrator's point of view displays more of The Prince’s failure of recognizing he is not as superior as he thinks he is.
Significantly he tells inconvenient truths to the King with the unbridled insolence of a conscience. The King’s descent into madness comes when, importantly, he banishes his Fool ' '.(2016:278).In fact, King Lear is a masterpiece of psychological insight into human nature. In this tragedy scene, the picture which Shakespeare has painted of King Lear becomes completely reversed here. Indeed, Many characters have flaws affecting their decisions in English literature, they made mistakes only to realize them later.
Many literary scholars argue that Hamlet’s inability to avenge his father 's death is the central issue of the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet. His indecision is often cited as a tragic flaw which ultimately causes his death, but the characters in Hamlet resemble the decaying of Denmark throughout the play. Many authors use disease, physical weakness, or deformity, to symbolize mental, spiritual, emotional illness and corruption in someone or something. Shakespeare uses imagery of disease, illness, and weakness to suggest physical, spiritual, and emotional decay and corruption in Hamlet.
This idea receives support through the idea of the author of “Mechanics of Madness in Hamlet”, Shweta Bali, who claims that Hamlet used his false insanity as “ a tool or veneer to act irrationally and assert his
In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the seemingly judgmental narrator is faced with meeting a blind man named Robert. The narrator sees himself as superior to others and, in this instance, especially to the blind. Due to the narrator’s pretentious attitude, tension between the blind and himself is revealed when he says, “[m]y idea of blindness came from the movies” (279). In Carver’s short story “Cathedral”, the tension between literal and metaphorical blindness is most evident through the narrator’s insensitivity and bitterness towards the blind man. The character of the narrator progresses from a closed minded individual to someone who can look outside of his own perspective.
His fragile and fragmented ego and superego are not able to repress these wants that the id bombards them with. Therefore leading to his insanity. Although when trying to figure out why his daughters have abandoned he attempts to rationalize these events using his ego and superego but he is too blinded by his id to realize that his demise is of his own fault.
Gatsby feels that he is allowed to assume her feelings and wishes because his wealth makes him worthy to love her again. He feels entitled to speak on her behalf and make choices that are not his to make, “‘Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me…’She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried.
This leaves Malvolio with no way to prove his sanity, as he can either agree the room is bright and contradict reality, or he can stick to the belief that the room is dark and be deemed insane by Sir Topas. Sir Topas is just demonstrating the contradictory nature of determining sanity, and the fact that it is a vicious circle, as no matter what Malvolio say’s Sir Topas can say he is mad. He immediately after gives an example of this confliction between sanity and reality, “Why, it hath bay windows transparent as barricoes, and the [clerestories] toward the south-north are as lustrous as ebony; and yet complainest thou of obstruction?” (iv.ii.38-41). These lines are full of contradictions, such as, bay windows as transparent as barriers, and high windows as
Many times it is not because of age that the mind goes crazy, but the length of time a sane mind is kept in an unhealthy environment. The authors use the adjunct characters in both King Lear, by William Shakespeare, and Sunset Boulevard, by Billy Wilder, to indicate why the main characters, Lear and Norma, are so delusional. Comparing the two we can see a pattern of “loyalty to a fault” that, in the end, leads to the main characters’ downfalls. Examining King Lear, we can see that Kent is responsible for King Lear’s delusion of power. In Sunset Boulevard, Max is to blame for Norma’s false sense of pomp.